Friday, September 12, 1997

Dieting advice, how to handle a night out with friends?

Okay, so I've been on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for health reasons for about a month. This diet means I can't eat: any grains (wheat, rice, etc.), sugar (in the form of sucrose), fake sugars (sucralose, etc.), milk, soy or soy products, corn or corn products, potatoes and other starchier vegetables and legumes, processed foods, and most preservatives. This means that I mostly have to make my own foods, and can hardly ever eat out, and can definitely never eat fast food, like McDonalds, or pizza. Again, this is for health reasons, not for losing weight.

So, I'm wondering how other people on restrictive diets deal with a night out with friends? None of my friends are on a special diet, and they often want to order fast food, or pizza, and chow down in front of me. I can't help but feel hungry, and deprived when this happens!

Anyone have some advice as to how to handle watching people eat foods that I miss, without being tempted to cheat on my diet?

Answer on Dieting advice, how to handle a night out with friends?

Tell them that you're on a gluten-free + casein-free diet because you suspect you may be gluten intolerant. That diet rules out pretty much anything and everything at fast food places. If they point to something that doesn't have gluten or casein, say you can't have it due to cross contamination.